- Trine Søndergaard
- year: 2020
- edition 3: 150 x 200 cm / edition 5: 110 x 146 cm / 60 x 80 cm
- archival pigment print
Trine Søndergaard’s series Arkiv focuses on historical textiles and garments. Between layers of gossamer tissue paper lie silk gowns worn by local women in the 18th and 19th century.
The gowns are from a local history museum archive in Søllerød north of Copenhagen. They are incredibly delicate, and usually carefully ensconced in tissue paper and hidden away in archive boxes. In Trine Søndergaard’s works the fabric of the gowns can just be sensed behind the protective wrapping that conceals them – like a veiled past we can only catch a glimpse of.
The works are over 2 metres high – much larger than in real life. The large-scale format generates a feeling of being enveloped by the paper and silk, immersing us in the almost tangible sensuality of their materiality.
Arkiv was made for Trine Søndergaard’s solo exhibition “Nearly Now” at Gammel Holtegaard February 5 – April 5 2021.